Iraq Watch

January 31, 2015

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. (Photo: AFP/File)
12:37 GMT
At least nine people have been killed and several others wounded during separate bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, sources say.
The expert reportedly worked under Saddam Hussein's regime before joining Al-Qaeda and then Daesh. (Photo:AFP/File)
06:41 GMT
The Pentagon says a US-led airstrike has killed a “chemical weapons expert” working for Daesh in northern Iraq.

January 30, 2015

A senior commander was among the six Peshmerga fighters killed in the attack. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT
Daesh launched a surprise assault on Kirkuk, an oil-rich city in northern Iraq. The attacks killed at least six Peshmerga fighters, including a senior commander.
The bombs exploded in Bab al-Sharqi, a popular market in central Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
Two bombs killed 12 civilians in Baghdad Friday morning. The bombs exploded in a popular market in Bab al-Sharqi.

January 29, 2015

Muath Kasasbeh and Sajida al-Rishawi (File photo).
16:36 GMT
The New York Times is reporting that negotiations between Jordan and Isis appeared to have collapsed, citing a source in contact with Jordanian officials.
Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani addressed the press earlier today. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
14:44 GMT
Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani announced the government demands proof of life for the Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh before they will consider a prisoner exchange for Sajida al-Rashawi.
Iraqi Sunni fighters from the Jubur tribe rest after defeating Daesh in the village of Sharween in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. The symbolic victory for Baghdad, which has at times struggled to push Daesh back, could clear the way for further advances against the jihadists. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
13:36 GMT
The probe will investigate accusations made by Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province that pro-government militias killed more than 72 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Daesh.
Attacks like these have become a common occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Arwan Ibrahim)
12:55 GMT
A series of attacks occurred in and around Iraq's capital city of Baghdad, killing a total of nine people and injuring 32 others.
Abu Khaled of Australia speaks flanked by other Daesh jihadists in propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
10:28 GMT
20,730 foreign fighters, including about 11,000 people from the Middle East, went to Iraq and Syria.
The Iraqi army, backed by volunteers, would soon launch the massive operation to retake more areas from the militants across the troubled region, according to security sources. (AFP/Welayat Salahuddin)
07:16 GMT
A senior Daesh commander has been killed together with a dozen of his comrades during a missile strike carried out by the Iraqi army in the troubled northern province of Salahuddin.
Safi al-Kaseasbeh, father of captive Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh, exits a royal palace in Amman  Wednesday, January 29 after a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah to discuss ongoing negotiations for his son's release from Daesh militants. (Al Bawaba/Alisa Reznick)
02:07 GMT
As a 24-hour deadline for the release of Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi closes without a swap deal, tensions run high in Jordan over fate of captive pilot Muath Kasasbeh, and Daesh releases a new audio recording promising "immediate" execution for both captives if new swap deadline is not met.

January 28, 2015

Displaced Iraqis from Mosul and Tal Afar city gather to protest in the southern city of Najaf against their living conditions, asking Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to push the central government to liberate their areas from Daesh. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
14:02 GMT
An Iraqi security source says members of Daesh have abducted approximately 30 people in the troubled northern province of Nineveh, as they continue to wreak havoc in the areas under their control.
Daesh militants kidnapped Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh in December, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT
Jordan will release Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi in exchange for the captured pilot, Mu'ath Kasasbeh, according to a government spokesperson.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was jailed in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman. (Image: 9 News)
09:56 GMT
Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi is due to be released within hours following last attempts by Jordan and Japan to free the two hostages being held by Daesh.
Sources say the displaced Iraqi families are not able to protect themselves, while many are living in unoccupied public buildings or mosques. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
06:00 GMT
The UN food agency has warned of a looming refugee crisis across the relatively peaceful southern regions of Iraq.